Reviews - Brightburn and Rocketman

At the movies: Horror-thriller Brightburn and musical biopic Rocketman are in cinemas now. Photos: Supplied.
At the movies: Horror-thriller Brightburn and musical biopic Rocketman are in cinemas now. Photos: Supplied.

In Brightburn, Tori and Kyle Breyer (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) are rattled when a meteor crashes to Earth near their Kansas farm.

Years later, we are introduced to Brandon - a hyper-competent 12-year-old prone to strange outbursts.

He's definitely not from around here.

Brightburn follows its 'Superman, but evil' premise to the letter, without providing anything of substance.

With Chronicle and The Twilight Zone still fresh in our minds, this horror flick simply feels wholly unnecessary.

The movie's jump scares/moments of tension are well-staged, while its gore becomes excessive by the half-way point.

Newcomer Jackson A. Dunn is a rare bright spot as the main character.

Hampered by a limited imagination and a messy conclusion, Brightburn still tries its best with what it has.

Rocketman

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Rocketman chronicles Elton John's journey from young boy, to 20-something musical superstar, to demon in a bottle, to rehab patient.

Unlike the over-hyped Bohemian Rhapsody, this musical biopic treats its subject with dignity and restraint.

Rated MA15+,Rocketman refuses to shy away from the graphic and sordid details of the icon's life.

In spite of its many dark moments, the movie carries with it a powerful message about perseverance and self-respect.

Kingsman leading man Taron Egerton slides comfortably into Elton's shiny shoes. The 29-year-old's charisma leaps off the screen while his singing is top-notch throughout.

Whenever Rocketman becomes tired or formulaic, Fletcher, Egerton, and the strong supporting cast make sure to shake things up.

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